Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Unfortunately the barn my horses are at got strangles. No idea where from, spread like crazy. Of my three one showed no signs, one typical abscesses and one is scaring me. Continuous vet care from day one.
Previously always healthy 3 year old. Presented first as nasal discharge. Gave a herbal immune booster in feed for the first two weeks with no effect. Progressed over three weeks to a cough and lack of appetite
Developed a very minor under chin abscess. Drained and healed. Lost of appetite, sluggish, massive weight loss. Vet hesitant to use antibiotics due to ******* strangles risk. Supplementing extra iron and B vitamins and probiotics at vets request. Top quality hay free choice in a smallish pen with beet pulp, grain, oil twice a day
Still very thin, not eating properly, discharge and cough. Week 6 finally put him on a strong course of antibiotics(excenel), the potential benefits outweighed the risks
No significant change. Tried bute to see if it would encourage eating(sore throat) to no avail. Weight hovering at very thin. Still discharge and cough. Tried various different foods, but he's not that interested in any. Started blanketing because he can't properly maintain body temp at this weight. Vet suggested intramuscular b and iron injection to help with anemia from prolonged upper respiratory infection.
We're at 8 weeks. Vet doesn't know what to suggest. Still coughing, nasal discharge and sore throat. He's blanketed, with 24/7 hay, water, shelter. On a vitamin supplement and probiotics daily, grain and beet pulp 2x a day.
Any suggestions? I've basically been told to just wait and see if anything changes. At this point I'm very worried about losing him.